Mike Boerma is the 5th Boerma in the world of flowers and the 3rd generation in the Boerma Instituut, an international floral design school in Holland.
In 2013 he passed all the exams at the Boerma Instituut and a year later he started teaching at the school. Since then he’s travelled to many different countries to teach and give demonstrations. Mike loves to teach and it shines through – some people are just natural and gifted teachers and he is one for sure.
From 2015, Mike’s had the honour to teach and demonstrate in Japan which is something special for a European designer. Given that Floral Fundamentals holds almost all of it’s photo shoots at the Boerma Instituut – it seemed logical for Mike to take part, so in 2018 he became a Floral Fundamentals Ambassador. He confessed that he had had a wonderful experience – even in his normal working environment.
Over the years, Mike has gained practical experience building events, weddings and helping with the start of a flower shop. He also assisted florists in the organisation and preparation of Master Classes at the Boerma Instituut like Gregor Lersch, Frédéric Dupré, Nicu Bocancea, Brigitte Heinrichs and Carles Jubany Fontanillas. In the case of Gregor Lersch, Mike also had the pleasure of assisting him at the AIFD Symposium in Las Vegas in 2019.
Through Floral Fundamentals Mike has met many great floral designers including Bill Schaffer and Kris Kratt, who he has had the pleasure of working together with on different projects.
When Covid hit in 2020 Mike started a Youtube Channel for the Boerma Instituut. Since none of their International students could come over anymore for an unknown time, he organises bi-weekly livestreams in which teachers at the Boerma Instituut and special guests create flower arrangements and share tips & tricks for floral enthusiasts around the world.
Even when restrictions lifted they still continue to do these streams.
In 2021 Mike was one of the presenters at Holly Chapple’s Flowerstock, together with Gregor Lersch, Hitomi Gilliam and other great florists.